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So I'm toying with the idea of retaking in the LSAT in December. I took the test in June did well (172), but was averaging 175-176 throughout my studying. I've already sent my applications off to schools.

I had originally swore off retaking because I am overseas for the year, and didn't want to deal with the hassle of taking the test in a foreign country. But am now reconsidering. I know my score is good and many may think I'm crazy to consider retaking. But I know I am capable of doing better, and want to put my absolute best foot forward on my applications (particularly HYS). I have pretty strong soft factors (a prestigious fellowship, two grants from the state department, and 2 yrs of solid work experience) but still get nervous about my score.

Any advice? Thoughts or experiences taking the test abroad? Anything constructive would be greatly appreciated!

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Law School Applications / Re: NYU app status
« on: October 21, 2008, 04:20:59 PM »
At Gtown you are able to go to the website and register for their status checker even if you haven't heard back from them. I submitted back on the 25th of Sept and hadn't heard anything, so I went online and was able to get into the status checker and find out I was complete almost three weeks ago. So I would recommend that for GULC.

As for NYU, I just submitted over the weekend, but I've heard similar stories of people calling and receiving messages that they went complete shortly after submitting. Guess they aren't too quick with their contact with applicants.

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So I'm toying with the idea of retaking in the LSAT in December. I took the test in June did well (172), but was averaging 175-176 throughout my studying. I've already sent my applications off to schools.

I had originally swore off retaking because I am overseas for the year, and didn't want to deal with the hassle of taking the test in a foreign country. But am now reconsidering. I know my score is solid and many may think I'm crazy to consider retaking. But I know I am capable of doing better, and want to put my absolute best foot forward on my applications (particularly HYS). I have pretty solid soft factors (a prestigious fellowship, two grants from the state department, and 2 yrs of solid work experience) but still get nervous about my score.

Any advice? Thoughts or experiences taking the test abroad? Anything constructive would be greatly appreciated!

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Law School Applications / Re: When to submit?
« on: September 28, 2008, 06:19:40 AM »
If you are confident the app is where you want it, go ahead and submit it. Like you say, it won't go complete until the letters are received so it would be your getting your end finished and behind you earlier in the process.

The only thing I would caution though is that at most schools when 2 letters are received (1 letter at some schools) the file goes complete and is sent to be reviewed (assuming at that time the schools are reviewing apps) or sent to the stack of apps to be reviewed. So if you are awaiting a third LOR, and two are there you'll go complete. Depending on how long it takes the final letter to arrive, your file may be reviewed without it. That's the only risk, so you may want to consider if you think that would affect you.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: LSAC ED processing?
« on: September 17, 2008, 12:05:56 PM »
In reference to the first part of your question, you can submit your application to the school and it still no be complete. Several things could cause this. One is just processing time. If you submit on X day, it will take anywhere from a couple days to a week or two to actually "go complete" (the school sends you an email when it is officially "complete").

Another thing could be LSAT scores. You could submit in October, before you take the Oct test, but the app wont e complete until the score has been sent by LSAC and received by the school.

But probably the biggest thing you'll have to worry about is LORs. Just make sure yours have been sent early if you want to apply ED. If not, you could submit your app by the deadline, but unless your LORs are received by the school by the deadline for complete, you won't meet their complete deadline.

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Personal Statement / Re: Which format to upload PS/DS in?
« on: September 17, 2008, 10:26:54 AM »
blueskies is correct. once you upload and are ready to send, a final copy of the entire app is in PDF.

But in the original upload, you cannot upload your PS or addendum in PDF files. .doc is an acceptable format though. There are others, but I can't remember specifically which. There is a list on LSAC

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Personal Statement / Re: PS topics for the average applicant
« on: September 16, 2008, 12:51:40 PM »
Just because you're a middle class non-minority doesn't mean you should have trouble writing about yourself. I think that's a misconception that everyone has, that you have to talk about trials and tribulations or overcoming adversity. I can't tell you what to write about because i don't know you, but there has to be something about yourself that sticks out or that was like an "ah hah" moment when you knew you want to go to law school. Even WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestants) can write a good PS, don't sell yourself short.

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Law School Applications / When a school asks for class rank
« on: September 12, 2008, 11:31:27 PM »
What should I do if my school did not rank students? Should I estimate? I know for a fact that I was either 1 or 2 in my class, just not sure which it was.

Also when they ask for class size, are they referring to the group that graduated in my school (i.e. the School of International Affairs), my college (ie. the College of Liberal Arts) or the entire 4000+ that graduated in the entire university the same term that i did? I'm just unsure at what point in the hierarchy of the University they are referring to.

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Recommendations / Re: Waiting on a letter to be processed
« on: September 11, 2008, 05:47:52 PM »
I actually answered my own question by calling LSAC today. They said what happens varies by school, but most either get an automatic update of your LSAC report when a new letter is submitted, or they get it the following week or two weeks. It depends on their particular policy, but it DOES NOT mean that if your LOR gets processed after you application as been sent (and even after it has gone "complete") that the law school will not get it. It only means it may be a week or two weeks before it is actually sent to them.

So I guess if you apply later in the cycle and your LOR comes in weeks after your application has gone complete, it may not be seen when the application is being reviewed, but I think that this early in the cycle, you shouldn't run into that problem.

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LSAC and LSDAS / Re: Processing Time
« on: September 11, 2008, 01:34:20 AM »
Yeah my transcript was processed very quickly (in July). Then one rec letter was processed in about a week (in July again). My two others were sent from the professors about the same time in mid-August. One cleared in about two weeks, the other is still MIA. So I think its a crap shoot, but the longer you wait the longer it will take to process because sheer volume of LORs increases....and technically its probably a bell curve, and at some point -- (say feb maybe???) the response time would start to to be quicker again...

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